Music Education Workshop Series

Learn more about the 2021-22 workshops and clinicians:


Karen Howard

Oct. 23, 8:30am-12:30pm

Matters of Diversity in Music Education

Participants will experience music from a diverse range of cultures including Ghana, Tanzania, China, Somalia, and more. Considerations of performance practice, avoiding cultural appropriation, and practical approaches to researching the contexts of repertoire will be explored.

About the Clinician

Karen Howard is Associate Professor of Music at the University of St. Thomas. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education (elementary, secondary, and choral), diversity, and sociology.

She's the founder and editor of the new series through GIA Music, "World Music Initiative", which recognizes that while all music is indeed music of the world, it's necessary to uplift and celebrate marginalized and underrepresented traditions in music education.

Karen's publications include research on multicultural sensitivity, Whiteness as property in education, Knowledge Construction in Music, and the books "World Music Pedagogy: Seconday School Innovations", "First Steps in Global Music", and "Dance Like a Butterfly: Songs from Liberia, Senegal, Nigeria, and Ghana".

Karen is a frequent clinician who seeks to help music educators feel empowered to diversify their repertoire and pedagogical strategies as well as examine their teacher identities in meaningful ways.


Becca Buck

Jan. 22, 2022, 8:30am-12:30pm

Culturally Relevant Teaching in the Kodaly-Inspired Classroom

This workshop will tie together a Kodály-inspired music classroom and how to incorporate different ways of representing your student population by using a culturally relevant song collection project, story books, cultural context, guest musicians and community members, and a look into culturally responsive teaching resources.

Using the music classroom as a vehicle to connect with students of all backgrounds, this workshop will help to emphasize the role that culture plays in a child's life, bridge the gap between home and school, use the music room as a safe space provided for self-expression and authenticity, how to partner with parents and families, and how to use equity tools to guide research and teaching.

About the Clinician

Rebecca Buck is a K - 5th grade music teacher living in Minneapolis, MN. She received her Bachelor of Music in K - 12 Vocal Music Education from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN in 2012, then went on to receive her Master of Arts in Music Education with a concentration in Kodály from the University of St. Thomas in 2018.

She currently serves as treasurer for her local Kodály chapter. Rebecca has presented at the local and national level for her work in culturally relevant teaching in a Kodály-inspired classroom and received the Spirit of Excellence award in her district in 2020.

She's currently co-authoring a book on Somali songs and games with her colleague and friend Qorsho Hassan.


Joanna Cortright

Apr. 9, 2022, 8:30am-12:30pm

Tools for Listening Critically and Responding Creatively

Students have no difficulty listening and engaging with music. They're very enthusiastic about musical genres and performers interesting to them and their peer group. But as music educators, we hope our students will search out, listen to, and engage with many kinds of music after they leave our classrooms.

Turning this hope into a reality requires musical experiences that help students engage in meaningful encounters with music, listening to and actively responding to music that initially captures their interest.

In this workshop, participants will experience approaches, tools, and strategies that draw students into deeper relationship with music, listening, thinking, analyzing, and responding to a wide range of genres. They'll participate in activities and lessons that encourage students to express their own opinions about music using frameworks for thinking about the piece, how it sounds and is constructed, and why it was created.

Specific response protocols will be introduced and practiced. We will listen, move, describe, write, hear/tell stories, sketch, and speculate about music.

About the Clinician

Currently a music and arts education consultant, Joanna Cortright was an Arts Education Specialist at the Perpich Center for Arts Education, a Minnesota State agency, and arts coordinator and music specialist at Linwood A+ Elementary School (now Global Arts Plus), an integrated arts public school in St. Paul.

She has coached teaching artists, teachers, and arts organizations in developing arts learning projects and curricula and presented workshops across Minnesota. Her current projects include curriculum writing for the VocalEssence WITNESS program and assessing Music Out Loud, a project of the Minnesota Opera Company.

Her work was recognized in 2018 when she was named to the Minnesota Music Educators’ Hall of Fame.

Registration Information

Register online to attend the Music Education Workshop Series or for any of the three individual workshops in the series.

We strongly encourage online registration with credit card, but you may also register on-site the day of the workshop (check only).

Contact Adult & Continuing Education with any questions about registration by calling 507.457.5080 or emailing

Workshop Fee:

  • $30 for each session attended
  • $80 for the three-workshop series

Parking & Directions

The Performing Arts Center (PAC) is located at 450 Johnson St., Winona, MN, 55987. Review our campus map (PDF) for reference.

Parking is available on the street or in Gold Lots 1 or 2. Parking meters and parking lot restrictions are not enforced on Saturdays.

Enter through the Southeast door of the PAC facing Johnson Street. Upon entering, continue straight down the hall to the lobby for registration.

See you there!